Woke Up to Snow and No Water

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We have a heated water hose, but over the summer and fall the heater wire and insulation had moved far enough away from the water hose to have the water freeze overnight in the water hose.

The last photo shows foam insulation on upper left, bare white water hose in the middle, faucet on the right and heater wire in the lower middle of the photo. The white water hose in the middle should be enclosed with the heater wire and foam insulation around the white water hose.

I will have re-insulate and re-tape the water hose later today. While it snows here in Vancouver, WA, it’s unusual – generally more cold rain than snow.

Our End-of-Year Rescue

Yesterday, I was outside talking with our neighbor and he suddenly said, “Careful, don’t step on the fish!”

I looked down and there was a small, orange fish flopping on the driveway.  He said he threw it out because it kept fighting with his other tropical fish.

I knew it was dying, so I picked it up, ran inside and put it in some water, but the water was too cold; so I had to mix some hot and cold water in a 3-cup glass coffee carafe and plopped the fish into it.  It lived, but had to adjust to a different PH in the water, different water temperature and a much smaller living space with no other fish swimming nearby.  It took awhile for the fish to adapt.

Megan calls it “Dreary”, because it doesn’t do much except swim around in the coffee carafe. Megan also says the fish is ‘vain’ because it keeps looking at its reflection in the stainless steel water purifier next the the glass carafe.

I wondered if it was going to make it into the New Year.  It did.  Now what do we do with it?  Do you want a pet fish?

Fixed Leak from Roof Antenna in Award RV

TV/FM radio roof antenna

About eight years ago, I called the USA distributor of our Award RV TV/FM radio roof antenna for a replacement part. I was told by the distributor that China would consider re-manufacturing the antenna only for orders of 10,000 units. Since there was no way that the distributor could sell so many antennas, I was faced with the fact that I could not obtain any replacement parts nor a new antenna. There’s more »»»

What’s Groundhog Day?

Groundhog Day is a day celebrated on February 2. The largest Groundhog Day celebration is held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania with Punxsutawney Phil.

According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will continue for six more weeks.

Modern customs of the holiday involve celebrations where early morning festivals are held to watch the groundhog emerging from its burrow.

In southeastern Pennsylvania, Groundhog Lodges (Grundsow Lodges) celebrate the holiday with fersommlinge, social events in which food is served, speeches are made, and one or more g’spiel (plays or skits) are performed for entertainment. The Pennsylvania German dialect is the only language spoken at the event, and those who speak English pay a penalty, usually in the form of a nickel, dime, or quarter per word spoken, with the money put into a bowl in the center of the table.

Groundhog Day, already a widely recognized and popular tradition, received widespread attention as a result of the 1993 film Groundhog Day.

I grew up in Pennsylvania with Groundhog day folklore.

Source (Wikipedia): Groundhog Day Photo Credit: Dazzlejunction.com

Photo Credit: Dazzlejunction.com

News from Vancouver, WA

This is post composed and uploaded from our Nexus7 — which I purchased from Victor before we left for Mexico. (Too hard to type on the virtual keyboard so will finish this on a normal keyboard.)

It was freezing last night (and for the next few nights), so here is photo of me having fun with the ice on the rear window of the Jeep.

I purchased a heating cord for the water hose a few days ago, so now we don’t have to worry about the water freezing at night.  One less thing to worry about.

Have been living a rather normal life during the day now that the catheter has been out for approx three weeks.  Still have problems at night so I have to wake up every 60 to 90 minutes to go to the toilet so I don’t have an ‘accident’ while sleeping.  The muscles are slowly returning to normal so I shouldn’t have this problem too much longer (I hope).

Guess I’ve been acclimating to the colder weather here in the NW because when I was discharged from the hospital, I could not stand the cold weather — I was cold most of the time and had NO resistance to the colder temperatures.  I also had very little body fat.

Now, I’m much more comfortable with the colder temperatures and can do a double-time up to the RV Rec Center for some fresh coffee in the mornings.  When I first arrived, I walked up the hill like an old man and had to use a cane — now I double-time it.